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  • Go to archive for  Jan 1, 2005 - Dec 31, 2006 entriesvideoRon Paul names neocons video
  • Jan 3, 2007 Antiwar "Mission Accomplished The War Party meant to destroy Iraq – and so they did  ...  "With the entry of Iran into the equation, the next phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom could possibly include … a major invasion of Iran and pro-Iranian forces against Western forces in the region and Israel, and/or a global energy crisis. We may be better served to plan for repositioning in this strategically important region. While withdrawal may be necessary in Iraq, withdrawal from the region would precipitate a global balance-of-power shift toward the Iran-Russia-China axis, which would be very detrimental for the energy dependent West."

  • Separately, in early 2007, the Pentagon Inspector General released its own report on the intelligence activities conducted by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and also concluded that those activities were inappropriate

  • Jan 3, 2007 Washington Times (A Sun Myung Moon organization) "Classified info ... While Mr. Berger's "punishment" (for stealing documents) was a pittance of a fine, former Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin has been financially ruined and sentenced to 12 and a half years for passing along far less-classified information to unauthorized third parties. Unfortunately, disproportionate justice is inherent to the legal system ...  Rosen Weissman trial is slated to begin by the spring." 

  • Guardian  "News Media Seek Audio of Libby Trial ...  The Supreme Court releases audio recordings of arguments in major cases, and lower federal courts have ``started to follow the Supreme Court's lead,'' lawyers for the news organizations said in filings this week in U.S. District Court  ...  I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial witnesses include:  Tim Russert,  and these orgs want audio tapes: The organizations are ABC, The Associated Press, Bloomberg News, CNN, CBS, Dow Jones, E.W. Scripps, the Hearst Corp., the Los Angeles Times, the McClatchey Co., NBC, National Public Radio, USA Today, the Washington Post, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Newspaper Association of America, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. 

  • Jan 6, 2007 Target Iran Scott Ritter 

  • Reuters "Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said."  more search terms: low-yield bunker busters, Natanz, heavy water plant at Arak, uranium conversion plant at Isfahan, conventional bombs, U.N. Security Council sanctions, pre-emptive strike, too much for Israel to take on alone, reduce radioactive fallout.

  • Jan 7, 2007 Times Online "ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons. Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources."

  • Jan 9, 2007 San Francisco Chronicle "The trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is to begin Jan. 16  ...  A federal judge said Tuesday he would not make available daily audio recordings.

  • Bloggers get access to Libby trial. 

  • China Post "Iran will avoid harsh response to sanctions  ...  New U.N. sanctions are too soft to hinder Iran's nuclear program or push Tehran to retaliate by ejecting U.N. inspectors, diplomats and analysts say. Iran, aiming to install 3,000 centrifuges soon as the basis for nuclear fuel output, is expected to avoid radical reactions to the sanctions that would widen suspicions it secretly seeks atomic bombs, not just energy for electricity as it insists, 

  • Jan 11, 2007 WRMEA "FBI Investigation of AIPAC Reportedly Has Been “Expanded” search Jane Harman

  • Consortium News, "At a not-for-quotation pre-speech briefing on Jan. 10, George W. Bush and his top national security aides unnerved network anchors and other senior news executives with suggestions that a major confrontation with Iran is looming. ..

  • Salon "Did the U.S. just provoke Iran? Thursday's raid on the Iranian consulate is more evidence that President Bush is ready to escalate the conflict.  By Juan Cole 

  • Jan 13, 2007 The Militant "Despite partisan rhetoric of "opposition" to the escalation, statements by top Democratic Party politicians indicated that bipartisan support for the imperialist war aims remains firm.   The "new strategy" Bush described had been largely outlined in a study by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank. It was authored by Frederick Kagan, an AEI military analyst, working with Jack Keane, a retired U.S. Army general and de facto operational advisor of the Bush administration. Kagan and Keane coauthored a number of articles and opinion columns arguing for the plan in recent weeks"  

  • Jerusalem Newswire "Russian admiral: Numerous US nuclear subs signals imminent strike on Iran ... and previous story  Times Online, UK  

  • Jan 14, 2007 Anti-war "On the Mideast Escalator ... by Rep. Ron Paul While the president's announcement that an additional 20,000 troops would be sent to Iraq dominated the headlines last week, the real story was the president's sharp rhetoric toward Iran and Syria. And recent moves by the administration only serve to confirm the likelihood of a wider conflict in the Middle East.

  • WW4Report, Scott Ritter, on Iran Attack

  • Jan 18, 2007 The People's Voice "Libby’s Trial Crafted to Protect Bush-Cheney Gang ... 

  • Freeze Congressional scorecard on Iran Attack

  • Jan 23, 2007 Antiwar  "The defense fired off its big guns on the first day, with Libby's lawyer, Ted Wells, rebutting Patrick J. Fitzgerald's contention that Libby had a motive to lie because the president had declared that anyone who leaked would be fired. (I note here that I'm citing not the "mainstream" media's account of the proceedings, but that of a blogger who has gained entry to the trial as a reporter, the anonymous "Emptywheel," whose reportage on the background of this case is surely one of the investigative wonders of the blogging world): "Mr. Libby was not concerned about losing his job. He was concerned about being set up. He was concerned about being the scapegoat.

  • Guardian  "Tehran power struggle intensifies  ...  Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, faces a fierce challenge from the man he defeated in the 2005 presidential election. ...He is trying to persuade the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - who has the final say in all state matters - that further negotiations are essential to avoid a potentially disastrous conflict with the US or Israel. 

  • Jan 25, 2007 LA Times  ... In the first such account from Vice President Dick Cheney's inner circle, a former aide testified Thursday that Cheney personally directed the effort to discredit an administration critic by having calls made to reporters in 2003"..and "she said, she discussed with Cheney and Libby how she had learned from Harlow that two network reporters were writing stories about the case, and how Cheney ordered Libby to call them personally, including one call that Libby made from his private anteroom outside of Cheney's office.  "I was aggravated that Scooter was calling the reporters and that I wasn't," Martin said" copy

  • Jan 26, 2007 WMR - "Deputy White House Director of Communications for Policy and Planning Cathie Martin, who was Vice President Dick Cheney's chief media adviser, testified at the Scooter Lobby trial yesterday that Cheney and Libby orchestrated the media attack on Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his covert CIA agent wife, whose identity was compromised in the White House retaliatory conspiracy against the Wilsons. So far, Fitzgerald has presented evidence of a deep White House conspiracy to punish the Wilsons for an op-ed Ambassador Wilson wrote in the New York Times highlighting that Bush's comments in his 2003 State of the Union address about Iraq trying to obtain yellowcake uranium from Niger was bogus. However, Fitzgerald took the road of trying to nail Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice, giving former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and, possibly, Karl Rove, immunity from obstruction and/or perjury charges and the much more serious criminal conspiracy charges that would also implicate Cheney and George W. Bush. In a previous statement by Theodore Wells, Libby's attorney, Rove was considered a top priority for protection from an indictment because of his important role in securing Bush's re-election in 2004. Fitzgerald has always claimed that he would not allow politics to influence his criminal probe. However, in giving Rove a pre-election pass and running out the statute of limitations clock to the point the Wilsons were forced to file a civil suit against the key White House perpetrators, including Cheney, Libby, and Rove, last June, Fitzgerald has consistently shown he follows a political time clock in a very political criminal case that rivals Watergate and Iran-contra in the involvement of senior White House officials in a major criminal conspiracy." search terms: State of the Union, yellowcake, "serious mistake", "Bush needs to explain", hand-written notes, NBC, Russert complicit in leak scheme, Woodward, Pincus, Sanger,  smoking gun, Watergate tapes, ....

  • Jan 28, 2007 Al Jazeera  ... Turkey Mulls Iraq Invasion ... Israel and the United States are believed to have been working together to provide the needed aid to Kurdish groups such as the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, which has been conducting clandestine cross-border raids into Iran, seen as other means of applying pressure on Iran.  Also some sources say that the Pentagon has reached secret agreements with Kurdish, Azeri, and Baluchi tribesmen encouraging their efforts to undermine the regime’s authority in northern and southeastern Iran.  Bush’s fears and stance had been made manifest in recent arrests by American troops in Iraq of Iranian officials. 

  • Editor & Publisher, Cathie Martin, Media manipulation  ....  "Cheney, Libby and Martin spent the next week trying get out word that Cheney did not know Wilson, did not ask for the mission to Niger, never got Wilson's report and only learned about the trip from news stories in 2003." and see LA Times

  • Zmag "Did Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, run a covert program with operatives in high-level US government positions to influence the Bush Administration's decision to go to war in Iraq? The FBI wants to know. search terms: AIPAC 

  • Jan 29, 2007 MSNBC "The vice president personally penned an October 2003 note in which he wrote, “Not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the other.” The note, read aloud in court by Wells, implied that Libby was the one being sacrificed in an effort to clear Rove of any role in leaking the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of Iraq war critic Joe Wilson. “Wow, for all the talk about this being a White House that prides itself on loyalty and discipline, you’re not seeing much of it,” the lawyer said.

  • AP Libby's attorneys argue that the media campaign was based on refuting Wilson on the merits of his argument and that his wife was simply an afterthought. In the frenzy of responding to the story, they say, Libby forgot when and where he learned about Plame.  Fleischer's testimony will be key to the prosecution because he says Libby told him about Plame and encouraged him to keep it quiet. As Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said in his opening statement: "You can't learn something on Thursday that you're giving out on Monday."
  • Feb 1, 2007  IBD, "Judith Miller's bout with amnesia apparently is over. In the Libby trial, she can recall exactly what he told her when, something she couldn't when she had 85 days in jail to think about it. 
  • Alternet, Libby Trial: Smoking Gun for Impeachment?  By Robert Scheer, Truthdig. The Libby case testimony, centered on the chicanery of the vice president, certainly suggests that impeachable offenses occurred at the highest level of the White House. 
  • Pacifica Radio Karl Rove revealed identity of Plame 
  • Feb 5, 2007 LA Times 2007  Libby's credibility, "The closest thing to a smoking gun in the case so far are notes handwritten by Libby during a phone conversation with Cheney on June 12, 2003. Cheney told Libby, according to the notes, that Wilson's wife was a counter-proliferation specialist at the CIA." ...  According to the notes from that conversation, Wilson was saying that Cheney's office had expressed strong interest in the notion that Iraq had sought weapons-grade uranium in Africa. 
  • Feb 7, 2007 HuffingtonPost:  "Fitzgerald parsed his words carefully but said that it was well within the realm of what was known that two administration officials -- at the very least Libby and Ari Fleischer -- contacted more than six journalists. Fitzgerald mentioned that Cooper, Miller and Novak had been approached, and that Fleischer had contacted two journalists on the trip to Africa (he didn't say, but probably John Dickerson and David Gregory), and that the defense might call Walter Pincus, and then of course there was Bob Woodward." ... "Did Dick Cheney order two senior administration officials to contact six journalists and expose Valerie Plame's identity in an attempt to smear her husband?"
  • Feb 8, 2007 BBC Libby trial ..."Jurors have heard more than three weeks of testimony from witnesses. The defence will begin its case on Monday.  The final witness was NBC journalist Tim Russert, who denied discussing Ms Plame with Mr Libby.  ...  Mr Libby says that Mr Russert told him then that "all the reporters" knew of Ms Plame's occupation.  But Mr Russert told the court that that part of the conversation did not take place. He testified that he never discussed Ms Plame with Mr Libby. 
  • Washington Post, Journalism on Trial, Russert, Libby, lies.... and copy 
  • Army Times  Pentagon Inspector General, Douglas Feith, A “very damning” report by the Defense Department’s inspector general depicts a Pentagon that purposely manipulated intelligence in an effort to link Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida in the runup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, says the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  “That was the argument that was used to make the sale to the American people about the need to go to war,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. He said the Pentagon’s work, “which was wrong, which was distorted, which was inappropriate ... is something which is highly disturbing.” 
  • Feb 9, 2007 MediaMonitors "Relations between the neocon-ish Harman and the House Democratic leader soured when Harman learned that Pelosi planned not to reappoint her to the House Intelligence Committee. As the committee’s ranking minority member, Harman stood to become chair if the Democrats won the House in the November elections.  The spurned Harman embarked on an aggressive campaign to persuade Pelosi to reappoint her. According to Time, the alternative LA Weekly reported that Harman “had some major contributors call Pelosi to impress on her the importance of keeping her as head of the House Intelligence Committee. These tactics did not endear Harman to Pelosi.”  Among those who called Pelosi on Harman’s behalf, according to Time, was billionaire Zionist Haim Saban.  Harman has hired GOP super lawyer Ted Olson, a former solicitor general, because, Olson told Time, “she is not aware of any such [FBI] investigation, does not believe it is occurring and wanted to make sure you and your editors know that as far as she knows, that’s not true…No one from the Justice Department has contacted her.”
  • Feb 10, 2007 Mail Guardian Online: "But Vincent Cannistraro, a Washington-based intelligence analyst, shared the sources' assessment that Pentagon planning (for Iran attack) is well under way. "Planning is going on, in spite of public disavowals by Gates. Targets have been selected. For a bombing campaign against nuclear sites, it is quite advanced. The military assets to carry this out are being put in place."

  • Feb 11, 2007 World Socialist Website And under heavy US pressure, India has twice voted with the US against Iran in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deliberations over Teheran’s nuclear program. But New Delhi is aghast at the thought the Bush administration may try to extricate itself from its strategic debacle in Iraq by engineering a wider war—that is, by attacking Iran and possibly Syria. 

  • Feb 12, 2007 Antiwar, "Secrets Bush and Cheney Can't 'Declassify' by Gordon Prather  ...  If "reporters" covering the Scooter Libby trial for alleged perjury and obstruction of justice had bothered to read President Bush's Executive Order 12958 of March 28, 2003 – entitled "Classified National Security Information" – they would know that it does not give the vice president the authority to declassify anything.  "But in an interview, Cheney said there is an executive order that gives the vice president the authority to declassify information.  "'I have certainly advocated declassification. I have participated in declassification decisions,' Cheney said. "Asked for details, he said, 'I don't want to get into that. There's an executive order that specifies who has classification authority, and obviously it focuses first and foremost on the president, but also includes the vice president."

  • Antiwar on Feith, cooked intelligence, deceptions, Congressional investigations?

  • Feb 20, 2007 Washington Post "The government's perjury case against Libby will go to the jury this week after a trial that exposed the vice president's large behind-the-scenes involvement in seeking to discredit Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former ambassador who accused Cheney and other administration officials of twisting intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war. 

  • Feb 21, 2007 Antiwar, "Every moment we stay in Iraq increases the likelihood of war with Iran"
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  • Feb 22, 2007 Harretz, Rosen Weissman
  • Northern Star His name is John Hannah, the assistant to the vice president for National Security Affairs ...  Hannah worked on what was called the "White House Iraq Group," a team dedicated to finding intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. ...  A Feb. 11 Washington Post article quotes an ambassador as saying that Hannah remarked that 2007 was "the year of Iran" and that there was a high possibility of a U.S. attack. ...  
  • Feb 24, 2007 CommonDreams "Speculation Rages: Is Iran Bush's Next Target?  ...  Dispatched a second aircraft carrier strike group to patrol the Persian Gulf and sent Patriot anti-missile missiles to Arab allies bordering the Gulf.  Expanded operations against alleged Iranian networks operating in Iraq, conducting two raids, one involving U.S. soldiers snatching Iranians said to be members of the al Quds paramilitary force.  Accused Iran of supplying roadside bombs to Iraqi insurgents and vowed to stop the shipments.  Moved to bolster the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora with money and military supplies in a proxy struggle with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group.  Launched an aggressive financial campaign against Iran to curb its access to the international financial system, freezing bank funds and barring U.S. transactions with various entities. This week the Treasury Department added Hezbollah's construction arm, Jihad al Bina, to a roster of blacklisted banks. 
  • FoxNews "Report: Israel Asks U.S. for Iraqi Airspace Corridor for Iran Strike"
  • Guardian  "US intelligence on Iran does not stand up, say Vienna sources ... 
  • Feb 26, 2007 Scoop / Truthout "It was the defense attorney representing I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby who first told jurors during closing arguments in the perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial Tuesday that the government believes Vice President Dick Cheney told Libby to leak the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to a New York Times reporter in July 2003 to undermine the credibility of her husband, a critic of the Iraq War."
  • NewYorker, CommonDreams: "the Pentagon has already set up a working group to plan airstrikes on Iran. The panel initially focused on destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities and on regime change but has more recently been instructed to identify targets in Iran that may be involved in supplying or aiding militants in Iraq."
  • CommonDreams, "Some of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran  ...  General Peter Pace, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said recently there was “zero chance” of a war with Iran. He played down claims by US intelligence that the Iranian government was responsible for supplying insurgents in Iraq, forcing Bush on the defensive.  Pace’s view was backed up by British intelligence officials who said the extent of the Iranian government’s involvement in activities inside Iraq by a small number of Revolutionary Guards was “far from clear”.  Hillary Mann, the National Security Council’s main Iran expert until 2004, said Pace’s repudiation of the administration’s claims was a sign of grave discontent at the top."
  • Feb 27, 2007 FrontPage "Pelosi Hires Soros' Right-Hand Man ...  Joseph Onek, a 1967 graduate of Yale Law School, is currently a Senior Policy Analyst for George Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI), one of the world’s major financiers of the political far Left. OSI is a member of the benignly named Peace and Security Funders Group, an association of more than 50 foundations that earmark a sizable portion of their $27 billion in combined assets to leftist organizations that undermine the war on terror in several interrelated ways ... " go Joe, go Nancy...
  • Mar 1, 2007 Rep. Barbara Lee, Iran attack preemption legislation
  • Manilla Standard Hagee speech, ... at the July 19, 2006 Washington DC inaugural event for CUFI, after recorded greetings from George W. Bush, with four US Senators and the Israeli ambassador to the US in attendance, Pastor John Hagee stated:: "“’The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West… a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation and the Second Coming of Christ.”
  • Guardian, sea-change in Bush foreign policy. 
  • Mar 3, 2007 PressTV, Middle East, Hans Blix, "Israel is now producing and reprocessing more plutonium to establish more nuclear plants and it should be forced to stop the process, he warned.
  • Mar 7, 2007 Libby convicted on 4 of 5 counts.
  • Etherzone: "CORRUPT ENDEAVOR, WHO LIED US INTO WAR? By: Justin Raimondo, "To get a glimpse of what we're in for, if investigations proceed, take a look at the details of a very similar case coming to court this summer – the long-delayed trial of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two top officials of AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group.  In this case, the umpire didn't get sand thrown in his eyes, because the FBI's counterintelligence unit had the bad guys bugged from the beginning. They watched Larry Franklin, Doug Feith's top Iran expert, as he offered Rosen and Weissman access to classified information. They listened to Rosen – the longtime spark plug behind AIPAC's energetic efforts to influence government circles – as he boasted to Weissman what a good catch Franklin was. They followed the AIPAC duo as they met with Israeli officials, including the then-Israeli ambassador, and passed on classified information of a highly sensitive nature."
  • Mar 8, 2007 ThinkProgress, "Wilson Responds: Bush And Cheney Must Explain Why They Outed My Wife Ambassador Joseph Wilson offered his first response to the Scooter Libby verdict during a conference call today.  ... “Now that this trial is over,” Wilson said, “the president and the vice president owe the country a much broader explanation of their own actions.” Wilson called on them both to release the transcripts of their discussions with Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, and called on Bush specifically to apologize for overseeing the outing of his wife ..."
  • Guardian "Where's Rove? Where's, you know, where are these other guys?" wondered a juror, Denis Collins, standing on the courthouse steps after the Libby verdict was delivered. Collins said that he and other jurors came to think of Libby as a "fall guy", someone who had certainly committed the crimes of which he was accused but who also was hardly acting on his own. ... Libby and Rove's falsehoods in front of the grand jury, in which they blamed reporters for telling them about Plame, were a cleverly contrived coverup. They did not believe that the prosecutor would be able to break through the curtain of the First Amendment or untangle the tale as told by journalists. Both Libby and Rove relied on the same alibi, hiding behind the press corps that they had manipulated for years and whose erratic habits they knew well. But prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was not about to be confounded by this device. He knew the law was on his side, and he received a judicial decision forcing the reporters to testify.
  • Media Monitors Rosen, Weissman: CORRUPT ENDEAVOR,WHO LIED US INTO WAR? By: Justin Raimondo ... :take a look at the details of a very similar case coming to court this summer – the long-delayed trial of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two top officials of AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group.  In this case, the umpire didn't get sand thrown in his eyes, because the FBI's counterintelligence unit had the bad guys bugged from the beginning. They watched Larry Franklin, Doug Feith's top Iran expert, as he offered Rosen and Weissman access to classified information. They listened to Rosen – the longtime spark plug behind AIPAC's energetic efforts to influence government circles – as he boasted to Weissman what a good catch Franklin was. They followed the AIPAC duo as they met with Israeli officials, including the then-Israeli ambassador, and passed on classified information of a highly sensitive nature."
  • Mar 10, 2007 Centre for Research on Globalization  "AIPAC Pushes to Eliminate Anti-Iran-War Language from Pelosi Iraq Bill  ...
  • Palestinian Chronicle, "The judge in the trial of the two former senior AIPAC officials, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, who are charged with having transferred secret information to Israel, ruled last week against the defendants' demand to compel Israeli diplomats with whom they had been in contact to testify at the trial. However, the judge also hinted at the delicate question of the organization's relationship with Israel, and more precisely whether AIPAC has served as a back channel for transmitting messages between the administration and Israel. This could be an embarrassing and unpleasant event, both for Israel and the organization."
  • Mar 13, 2007 Middle East North Africa Financial Network  "The question of whether Iran will or will not be attacked is a hard one. ...  For sure there is a detailed plan in place but whether this can be implemented by what some refer to as a lame duck president with approval ratings heading south is moot. In my opinion there is only one way this could be done. Israel would have to strike first claiming Iran is a threat to its very existence when the US would "reluctantly" weigh in.  If this is the case, then Saturday's meeting in Baghdad was a red herring; an attempt to lead Iraq and Syria away from the scent to give Israel and the US a crucial element of surprise."
  • AP "Democratic leaders are stripping from a military spending bill for the war in Iraq a requirement that President Bush gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran.
  • Antiwar: "Pelosi's Betrayal "Antiwar" Democrats cave on Iran by Justin Raimondo Read it and weep:  "Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limit President Bush's authority for taking military action against Iran as the leadership concentrated on a looming confrontation with the White House over Iraq. Officials said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the leadership had decided to strip from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran"
  • Mar 15, 2007 Reporters Committee A coalition of media groups asked for permission to intervene in the AIPAC espionage case today, citing an apparent secret request by the U.S. government to hold a substantial portion of the criminal trial of two lobbyists in secret.  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 12 other groups, including ABC, Inc., The Associated Press, Dow Jones & Co., Reuters, Time, Inc., and the Washington Post, asked to enter the case for the limited purpose of challenging the government's apparent request to close the upcoming trial in this matter, and any other pending or future motion seeking to restrict public access to the trial proceedings or record.
  • Mar 16, 2007 Plame Congressional testimony: El Paso Times James Knodell, director of the White House security office, also testified about general security procedures and J. William Leonard, security director of the National Archives, discussed general procedures for handling sensitive information.  Also scheduled to testify Friday were attorney Mark Zaid, who has represented whistleblowers, and attorney Victoria Toensing, who said early on that no law was broken and has criticized the CIA's handling of the case.  file
  • Mar 17, 2007 WMR "CIA Director Michael Hayden told House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Sylvestre Reyes that Valerie Plame Wilson had been a CIA covert agent up until July 14, 2003, the day Robert Novak revealed her name and identity."
  • Truthout Libby trial transcripts: " According to trial transcripts obtained by Truthout, former White House staffer I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby testified before a grand jury in 2004 that Vice President Dick Cheney instructed him to divulge portions of a then-classified report to New York Times reporter Judith Miller. Libby testified that Cheney said authorization to leak a section of the report had come directly from President George W. Bush, the court transcripts state." and see NIE from FAS
  • Mar 18, 2007 BBS News copy of Waxman letter to Joshua Bolten,  "Valerie Plame and her testimony on Friday  ...  made very clear her covert status at the time of the leak ... assist the Committee in its investigation into these issues, I request that you provide the Committee with a complete account of the steps that the White House took following the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's identity (1) to investigate how the leak occurred; (2) to review the security clearances of the White House officials implicated in the leak; (3) to impose administrative or disciplinary sanctions on the officials involved in the leak; and (4) to review and revise existing White House security procedures to prevent future breaches of national security.  full letter
  • Mar 21, 2007 John Birch Society, yes, JPS ... "Engineering War ... Denials notwithstanding, the evidence suggests that the Bush administration is fully committed to a “pre-emptive” war against Iran, possibly as early as April.
  • TheJewishWeek "Soros Won’t Take On AIPAC (Yet) Lightning rod financier and political donor — who favors talks with Hamas — puts off his push for alternative lobby, citing lack of prior standing in Jewish life. ...  In the article, Soros urged Israel and the United States to drop their refusal to deal with a new unity government in the Palestinian Authority dominated by Hamas, a terrorist organization that rejects Israel’s right to exist. He suggests a peace agreement could be reached that Hamas would ultimately accept under pressure from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, which have signaled they seek such an agreement to counter a rising threat from Iran.
  • Guardian  The firm Turkish belief that the US is playing a double game in northern Iraq. Officials say the CIA is covertly funding and arming the PKK's sister organisation, the Iran-based Kurdistan Free Life party, to destabilise the Iranian government.  US acquiescence in plans to hold a referendum in oil-rich Kirkuk in northern Iraq. Turkey suspects Iraqi Kurds are seeking control of Kirkuk as a prelude to the creation of an independent Kurdistan. Plans by the US Congress to vote on a resolution blaming Turkey for genocide against the Armenians in 1915. Faruk Logoglu, a former ambassador to Washington, said that if the resolution passed, relations "could take generations to recover". 
  • Mar 25, 2007  Globe & Mail Captured U.K. sailors missing in Iran TARIZ PANJA Associated Press LONDON — British officials do not know where Iran is holding 15 sailors and marines captured in the Persian Gulf, and requests for access to them have been denied, the Foreign Office said Sunday.  Iranian state television, meanwhile, said its Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Tehran “to protest the illegal entry of British sailors into Iranian territorial waters.” It gave no details about the meeting.
  • Guardian new sanctions, Iran
  • Mar 29, 2007  Muslim News "Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was warned last month by a diverse group of British organizations of the devastating consequence in backing any military attacks by the US or Israel on Iran. The disastrous consequences were highlighted in a report by such organizations as the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and Oxfam with the support of such faith groups as Muslim Council of Britain, British Muslim Forum and Christian Solidarity Worldwide and major trade unions, Amicus, GMB, PCS and Unison. Even former British Ambassador to Tehran, Sir Richard Dalton.."
  • Mar 30, 2007 CommonDreams ... Beaufort ... new Israeli film ... by Joseph Cedar ... filmed before last summer’s war, “Beaufort” is set during Israel’s 18-year occupation of Lebanon, which ended seven years ago. But its story of a shell-shocked Israeli unit charged with defending and dismantling a military outpost established at a 12th-century Crusader castle resonates today as confidence in the Israeli government remains low over what Israelis believe was a disappointing end to last summer’s war.
  • Apr 10, 2007 Uruknet In case you missed it: Ex-AIPAC staffers say Condi Rice leaked them classified info:  Two former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) say Condoleezza Rice was their informant on sensitive national security matters. Lawyer for Steve Rosen (AIPAC’s former foreign policy director) said Rice had not merely been Rosen’s interlocutor, but had leaked information identical to and at times more sensitive than examples cited in the indictment. In addition the lawyer said, the information Rice provided was more "volatile" than the information described in the indictment. All details here… I’ll be surprised if the court charge Condi for anything, not because she has not done it, but because the court will soon find out (if not already) that the whole administration is a puppet agent for AIPAC and they are just doing the job they were assigned to. It is unfortunate that majority of Americans don’t know (or don’t want to believe) that their country is also occupied by the Zionists.
  • Apr 22, 2007 Antiwar "Is the Media Sabotaging the AIPAC Spy Trial? by Grant F. Smith  ... The stakes in the AIPAC espionage case could not be higher. The AIPAC espionage case, if it comes to trial, could redefine the role of lobbies, the mainstream press, and think-tanks operating in Washington, D.C. It is not yet clear whether average Americans approve of Washington's hidden world of selective third-party disclosure and trafficking in classified information. It is also not known whether selectively disclosed and leveraged classified information fed to the "free press" has played a wider, unknown role in promoting misguided war, wasteful military spending, and perpetuating the influence of the Israel lobby
  • May 3, 2007 Jerusalem Post Judge in trial of former AIPAC staffers rips prosecution for delays ... The judge in the trial against former AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) staffers sternly chastised the prosecution Wednesday for delaying the trial, after the government asked for more time to decide how it would proceed in the case.  The prosecution's request set back the expected start of the trial against Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, accused of passing on classified information, well past its scheduled start of June 4."
  • Secrecy News, FAS
  • May 11, 2007 Secrecy News, FAS  "The presiding judge in the closely-watched prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) charged with unlawfully receiving national defense information has denied a defense motion to dismiss the case on grounds of alleged constitutional violations by the government.  The defense had argued that the case should be dismissed because the government pressured AIPAC, the defendants' former employer, not to pay their legal fees and thereby violated their constitutional rights to due process and the right to counsel.  The alleged interference occurred in 2004 and 2005, when "the government was actively investigating defendants and AIPAC," Judge T.S. Ellis III explained in a new memorandum opinion (pdf).  According to the defendants' account, "prosecutors implicitly or explicitly threatened AIPAC with criminal charges, and/or threatened further intense scrutiny of AIPAC in the event the government perceived AIPAC's cooperation as unsatisfactory." To demonstrate its "cooperation," AIPAC subsequently fired the defendants and ceased to pay their legal fees. The organization was not charged in the indictment."
  • May 14, 2007 Baltimore Chronicle "Those in state governments, like Vermont, who have taken the issue seriously have also realized if proceedings were started for impeaching Bush that Cheney would also have to be impeached. Cheney is as guilty as Bush, if not more so, of the impeachable offences of the administration. How, then, could Nancy Pelosi, next in line for the presidency, support impeachment? Successful proceedings would make her commander-in-chief."
  • May 17, 2007 Legal Times "They said that Plame’s former covert position stood in the way of her equal protection claims against the defendants, meaning that in order to proceed with the case the court might have to dig into the covert actions of the CIA. ... Valerie Plame sat at the plaintiff’s table with her counsel from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington"
  • May 18, 2007 Jewish Exponent "The deputy U.S. attorney general who indicted two former AIPAC staffers on classified information charges resigned ... McNulty ... In a development in the AIPAC case, the organization reached a deal with lawyers for Weissman, its former Iran analyst, to pay for his defense against Espionage Act charges"
  • ay 23, 2007 Aljazeerah "Although the Bush administration claims that its current priority is Iraq, it hasn’t given up on Iran. Silently, the war on the Islamic Republic has begun, according to an article on the Guardian Unlimited. Many other reports confirm that Washington increased its aid to arm opposition groups among Iran’s ethnic minorities that make up about 40% of the country’s population. Last month, ABC News reported that the U.S. had secretly assisted the Baluchi group Jund al-Islam, which claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 20 Revolutionary Guards. A U.S. Foundation report also stated that U.S. commandos have operated inside Iran since 2004."
  • May 26, 2007 BBC "Prosecutor urges prison for Libby ... Lewis "Scooter" Libby says he was a scapegoat Former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby deserves to spend up to three years in jail for obstructing justice, the prosecutor in the case has said."
  • ThinkProgress
  • RawStory Susan Rallston, Abramoff, Rove, immunity 
  • May 29, 2007 AlArab "Frustrated with Bush, the Veep Urges Israel to Attack Iran ... Clemens cites a Cheney aide as indicating "that Cheney himself is frustrated with President Bush and believes, much like Richard Perle, that Bush is making a disastrous mistake" by supporting the diplomatic approach to Iran apparently favored by the State Department. So Cheney plans to deploy an "end run strategy" around the president (who's more swayed at present by Condi Rice's "realists" than Cheney's neocons) if his flank doesn't prevail and Bush resists the demand of the neocons and the AIPAC lobby for a bloody showdown."
  • Guardian blog
  • USNews pre-sentencing
  • Guardian, Libby "Libby Sentenced to 2 and 1/2 Years in Prison ... Former White House aide I. Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation.  
  • Commentary Magazine "The Slow-Motion AIPAC Case ... On August 4, 2005, Keith Weissman and Steven J. Rosen, two employees of AIPAC, were indicted for receiving classified information and then passing it along to reporters and to the officials of a foreign government, namely, the state of Israel. Up until a few weeks ago, their trial was set to commence this coming Monday, June 4. It has now been delayed, for the umpteenth time, to an unspecified date this fall."
  • June 10, 2007 Executive Intelligence Review "Dick Cheney Becomes Ever More Impeachable ... With more and more spotlights being trained upon Cheney's high crimes and misdemeanors against the U.S. Constitution, he becomes ever more impeachable—and the political excuses for failing to pursue impeachment more and more unacceptable.  Specifically, if impeachment is "off the table," the war against Iran and shredding of the U.S. Constitution are surely on the table.  The three hits delivered to Cheney were: 1) the sentencing of his chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, to 30 months in prison; 2) the stunning revelation by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey of Cheney's pivotal role in the illegal NSA wiretap program; and 3) the legal overturning of two cases before the Cheney-promoted Military Commissions at Guantanamo.  ... Now, facing a substantial prison term, Libby is reportedly under intense pressure to cooperate with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, and to tell Fitzgerald what he knows, in order to obtain a reduced sentence. Which is one of the reasons that the campaign to obtain a pardon for Libby, before he talks, is so intense."
  • June 11, 2007 "IRAN has threatened to launch a missile blitz against the Gulf states and plunge the entire Middle East into war if America attacks its nuclear facilities.
  • June 14, 2007 Media Matters "Summary: An editorial in The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction that recommended a pardon for former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby after his sentencing in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case echoed numerous conservative commentators and repeated right-wing talking points that misrepresented Patrick Fitzgerald's prose``Scooter'' Libby is headed back to court to try to forestall his 2-year prison term in the CIA leak case.  ...  If they lose Thursday, Libby's lawyers have said they will ask an appeals court for an emergency order delaying the sentence. Because one of the issues in the appeal is whether Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had the authority to charge Libby, defense lawyers also could ask the Supreme Court to step in.  Then there is the pardon question."
  • June 19, 2007 BradBlog "Bork and Friends File Amici Brief in Libby CIA Case Questioning Constitutionality of Fitzgerald Appointment ... While Bork and friends can't fire the Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald in the CIA leak matter, their brief argues to Judge Reggie Walton that they believe “the constitutionality of Special Counsel Fitzgerald’s appointment presents a close question.”  Quick note: a “close question” apparently means one that has a chance of winning on appeal. For the bail hearing for Lewis 'Scooter' Libby --- Thursday June 14 --- Libby's attorneys must argue that the issues for appeal are substantive and not just a way to postpone imprisonment. This "friends of the court" brief is offered to help the defendant.
  • AIPAC Lobby
  • June 21, 2007 Atlantic Free Press Libby guaranteed pardon by Cheney if Fitzgerald indicts, ... during summer Congressional recess.
  • Huffington Post  "Attacking Iran "On the table ... First, the good news: General Peter Pace will no longer be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His cheerleading for the invasion and occupation of Iraq, his ass-kissing of Donald Rumsfeld (the worst Defense Secretary in American history), and his love letter in behalf of the four-time convicted felon, Scooter Libby, illustrate a level of political hackery on his part that is wholly inconsistent with protecting the neutrality and autonomy of the U.S. military from the vicissitudes of the corrupt politicians who come and go in Washington. Pace will no doubt follow in the footsteps of former general Richard Meyers and move on to rake in enormously lavish sums of cash by serving on the boards of military corporations.
  • June 22, 2007 ePluribus "Trials, Tribulations and Treason: Scooter Libby, Misplaced Loyalty and Renegade Republicans  ... search terms: treason. "
  • MediaMatters "Summary: In a discussion, Richard Cohen asserted that Lewis "Scooter" Libby "didn't commit the original crime" in the CIA leak case because he wasn't Robert Novak's source for the column that disclosed Valerie Plame's identity. However, Libby did leak Plame's identity to other reporters. Cohen also falsely claimed that Plame was not "covert." An unclassified summary of Plame's CIA employment established that she was, in fact, a covert CIA employee."
  • Washington Report on Middle East Affairs "four measures introduced to counter the push by unrepentant neocons for the U.S. to launch a “pre-emptive strike” against Iran. Overlooked in that column was H.Con.Res. 14, introduced Jan. 5 by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), which states that “Congress has the sole and exclusive power to declare war.” On Feb. 14, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced H.Res. 163, saying that “the Constitution provides that the president may act to defend the country in an emergency, but reserved the matter of offensive war to Congress.”  Neither of the above measures mentions Iran, nor does S. 39, introduced Jan. 24 by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) as reported.  Also described in the previous issue were H.J.Res. 14, which has gained 30 co-sponsors, for a total of 53, and H.Con.Res. 33, which has gained 17 co-sponsors, for a total of 47. Joining these measures, both of which call for congressional authorization prior to the use of military force specifically against Iran, was S.Con.Res. 13. Introduced Feb. 15 by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the resolution states that “the president should not initiate military action against Iran without first obtaining authorization from Congress.”
  • July 2, 2007 Penninsula Online  "A US Congress leader called on Friday for the resignation of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, questioning his candor over the controversial dismissal of eight top prosecutors.   ....  Meanwhile, a Democratic committee chairman in the US House of Representatives threatened on Friday to subpoena Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice if she refuses to testify voluntarily about claims made in the run-up to the Iraq war.  Rep Henry Waxman of California said his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would vote on Wednesday whether to subpoena Rice to discuss administration warnings, since refuted, that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger for nuclear arms. Waxman said his panel also would vote on whether to compel testimony from former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card about the 2003 leak of Valerie Plame Wilson’s status as a covert CIA analyst."
  • From Aug 2004, Washington Post, now at top of search engines for Rosen Weissman and file  ""If the disclosure of newsworthy information about the national defense to reporters for the purpose of publication can constitute espionage, that places enormous power in the hands of prosecutors, because information about national defense is passed on every day to reporters in this town."
  • Guardian "Court Won't Delay Prison for Libby  ...  The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has not yet assigned Libby a prison or given him a date to surrender. But last week it designated him as federal inmate No. 28301-016"
  • WMR "Libby a long time Israeli intelligence agent.  ... I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been a long-serving intelligence agent for Israel's Mossad, according to a veteran CIA "official cover" officer who spoke to WMR on deep background. The CIA's Clandestine Service has, over the years, gathered a tremendous amount of intelligence on Libby's activities on behalf of Mossad.  ... Libby served as the lawyer for Switzerland-based American fugitive financier Marc Rich, aka Mark David Reich, who is also known to be an Israeli intelligence asset and someone Israel relies upon for missions that demand "plausible deniability" on the part of the Mossad. Rich heads up a worldwide empire of dummy corporations, foundations, and numbered bank accounts that have been involved in sanctions busting and weapons smuggling. The nations involved include Israel, United States, United Kingdom, Iran, Panama, Colombia, Russia, Iraq (under Saddam Hussein), Cuba, Spain, Nigeria, Singapore, Bolivia, Jamaica, Bermuda, France, Italy, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Australia, Argentina, Peru, Ireland, Zambia, Sweden, Monaco, and apartheid South Africa.  ... In 1983, the then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York urged jail time for Rich and his partner Pincus Green for racketeering. ....  more search terms: Rudolph Giuliani, Paul Klebnikov, Moscow, Forbes, Berezovsky, Neil Bush, Godfather of the Kremlin, Russian-Israeli Mafia WMR $$$
  • July 4, 2007 San Francisco Chronicle  "The "Scooter" Libby's name is neither Dick Cheney nor Karl Rove might explain why the left is apoplectic over President Bush's commutation of his sentence and why the right is indignant that he was ever prosecuted in the first place. ... Through the more than three years of Libby's trial and conviction on perjury -- the details of which have obsessed Washington and glazed over the heartland -- the once obscure, behind-the-scenes aide to the vice president has always been a proxy for larger issues and bigger fish: the Iraq war, the perceived lack of accountability for the consequences of that war and its architects who remain in the White House.  ...and 'hush commutation" file
  • July 5, 2007 Bloomberg "Libby Leniency Shows Bush Had Nothing To Lose.. Margaret Carlson: ... Defense Strategy .. Libby sent word that he had no idea Bush would commute his sentence, though his defense strategy belies that. The best legal talent Libby's fundraisers could buy promised at the outset of his trial that they would show Libby was a scapegoat and Cheney was behind the leak. The defense soon dropped that along with the idea of calling the vice president to testify."
  • July 10, 2007 Antiwar, Cheney, attack Iran
  • July 19, 2007 AmericanThinker
  • Plame's cased tossed by court
  • Aug 6, 2007 NewsHounds  "FOX News Sunday Perpetuates Myth That O'Hanlon and Pollack Are "Anti-war" Democrats   ...He went on to enumerate the pair's history of acting as water-carriers for the Bush administration, claiming time after time they would appear on the scene and guarantee that things were getting better, the light at the end of the tunnel was in sight, blah, blah, blah. Pollack, in fact. is closely aligned with AIPAC and, according to Wikipedia, a U.S. government indictment "alleges that Pollack provided information to former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employees Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman during the AIPAC espionage scandal."
  • Aug 15, 2007 Forward, Rice, Abrams, Hadley subpoenas? and text
  • Aug 30, 2007 JTA, "The federal judge in the case against two former AIPAC staffers heard government arguments against subpoenaing top U.S. officials, including Condoleezza Rice.  ...  Judge T.S. Ellis III's pretrial hearing Thursday in Alexandria, Va., in the classified information leak case against Steve Rosen, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's former foreign policy chief, and Keith Weissman, its former Iran analyst, was closed to the media because it dealt with classified information. However, a docket entry described the hearing as dealing with prosecutors' "objections to defendants' prospective subpoenas to U.S. government officials."
  • Antiwar  "the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a Washington powerhouse whose former chief lobbyist (Rosen) once boasted to the New Yorker's Jeffrey Goldberg: "You see this napkin? In twenty-four hours, we could have the signatures of seventy senators on this napkin."
  • Jurist "US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] and other senior administration officials should be exempt from testifying about whether they shared classified national defense information with two American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) [advocacy website] lobbyists, lawyers argued at a closed-door court session Thursday. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman,  News Leader
  • Sept 27,  2007  WMR "Anti-Iran Senate resolution drafted by AIPAC, supported by 29 Democrats  .... The Iran resolution was attached as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. Although the "sense of the Senate" resolution does not specifically authorize military force against Iran, it is seen as a component of possible future authorization for war. The resolution ratchets up tensions with Iran by calling on the State Department to name the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a component of the Iranian military, a terrorist organization and impose economic sanctions against it.   ....    Twenty-nine Democrats, all subject to AIPAC pressure and recipients of money from AIPAC and other right-wing Jewish political action committees (PACs), voted for the Iran resolution, seen by its opponents as giving George Bush and Dick Cheney the legislative cover to launch military action against Iran. Those Democrats who voted for the Iran resolution are: Akaka (HI), Baucus (MT), Bayh (IN), Cardin (MD), Carper (DE), Casey (PA), Clinton (NY), Conrad (ND), Dorgan (ND), Durbin (IL), Feinstein (CA), Johnson (SD), Kohl (WI), Landrieu (LA), Lautenberg (NJ), Levin (MI), Menendez (NJ), Mikulski (MD), Murray (WA), Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Pryor (AR), Reed (RI), Reid (NV), Rockefeller (WV), Salazar (CO), Schumer (NY), Stabenow (MI), and Whitehouse (RI). Obama (IL) did not vote.  ....  Those Democrats and Republicans who saw the resolution as giving Bush a blank check to attack Iran, and voted against it, are: Biden (DE), Bingaman (NM), Boxer (CA), Brown (OH), Byrd (WV), Cantwell (WA), Dodd (CT), Feingold (WI), Hagel (NE) (R.), Harkin (IA), Inouye (HI), Kennedy (MA), Kerry (MA), Klobucher (MN), Leahy (VT), Lincoln (AR), Lugar (IN) (Rep.), McCaskill (MO), Sanders (VT), Tester (MT), Webb (VA), and Wyden (OR). 
  • Oct 27, 2007 News Leader  Lawrence Franklin  "Attorney general will block probe ...  The Gonzales replacement, Michael Mukasey, another pro-Israeli Zionist, is now needed to suppress the investigations of AIPAC and members of the Bush administration, and to drop the charges against the spies for Israel, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman.  Alberto Gonzales was moving forward on the prosecutions ... he had to go!"
  • Nov 2,  2007 Judge T. S. Elliot III allowed issuance of subpoenas to 16 of 20 government officials.   JTA   Go to NFU AIPAC page
  • Nov 3, 2007 Guardian  "Defendants are entitled to show that, to them, there was simply no difference between the meetings for which they are not charged and those for which they are charged," Mr Ellis wrote. ...  "They believed that the meetings charged in the indictment were simply further examples of the government's use of Aipac as a diplomatic back channel."  ...  He held out little hope that he could be persuaded by administration efforts to block the subpoenas. "The government's refusal to comply with a subpoena in these circumstances may result in dismissal or a lesser sanction," he wrote."
  • Nov 5, 2007 Antiwar  Rosen Weissman,  "When the news first broke, it was a national scandal – and then the story sank like a stone, for three solid years, while the extensive litigation surrounding the case played out.  ... The defense, in what would normally be an open-and-shut case, has been struggling frantically [.pdf] to avoid a trial at all costs. That's understandable: after all, the FBI has the whole thing – the entire course of their crimes against America – on record. The verbal transmission of classified information, the elaborate arrangements to avoid detection, the open boasting of the analyst's two handlers that they had a live one on the hook, it's all there: raw, naked treason. Rather than come up against the incontrovertible facts, the defense has tried hard to divert the energies of the court away from actually bringing this to trial, in the hopes that the administration will back down and drop the charges.  ...  Now there has been a major development on this front. No one took seriously the defense's motion, made a few months ago, that they be allowed to subpoena Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, National Security Council chief Stephen Hadley, and a whole platoon of government officials and former officials. The motion was made on the grounds that these officials, too, had transmitted classified information to AIPAC, and that this is proof that such behavior was and is routine, part of the normal way of doing business in the world of Washington lobbyists. The defendants' case has always been that they have a First Amendment right to commit espionage, and that their indictment amounted to a government assault on their right to "free speech."  ...  That he granted the defense motion in all but a few cases is bad news for the government – and good news for the Israel lobby, which may just be spared the embarrassment of having its essential nature as a fifth column for Israel exposed to the light of day.
  • Wikipdia  "Mukaseygraduated in 1959 from the Ramaz School, a Modern Orthodox Jewish prep school  ...  In 1976, he joined the New York law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, to which he returned after retirement from the U.S. District Court.[15] Mukasey began teaching at Columbia Law School ... The Mukaseys have a professional relationship with Rudy Giuliani; Mukasey and son are also justice advisers to Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.[19] Mukasey swore in Mayor-elect Giuliani in 1994 and 1998.[19] ...  During his tenure on the bench, Mukasey presided over the criminal prosecution of Omar Abdel Rahman and El Sayyid Nosair, whom he sentenced to life in prison for a plot to blow up the United Nations and other Manhattan landmarks uncovered during an investigation into the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.[15] During that case, Mukasey spoke out against leaks by law enforcement officials regarding the facts of the case allegedly aimed at prejudicing potential jurors against the defendants."
  • Nov 6, 2007 Forward "The ruling by T.S. Ellis III, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, could jeopardize the entire case put forward by the Department of Justice more than three years ago. The administration now faces a tough dilemma. It could follow the court’s decision and allow senior officials to take the stand, but this might open up to public view closed-door discussions between government officials and pro-Israel lobbyists and bring to light inter-agency disputes regarding American policy toward Iran. ... On the other hand, the government could fight the decision and see the legal case to fall apart. Ellis warned the prosecution in his decision that “the government’s refusal to comply with a subpoena in these circumstances may result in dismissal or a lesser sanction.” ... The judge accepted the defendants’ view that in order to prove guilt, the prosecution must show to the court that Rosen and Weissman had a criminal intent when they received and passed on classified information. If the defense can demonstrate, by subpoenaing Rice and other officials, that classified information was regularly conveyed to Aipac by the highest-ranking government officials, it would help them make the case that Rosen and Weissman had no way of knowing they were breaking the law by receiving other information from former Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin."
  • Investigate, Schumer, Clinton, Mukasey, AIPAC
  • Nov 6, 2007 Aljazeera  on summons,  "The court documents are also said to contain the alleged recording of 57 acts, involving a mishandling of secrets, including meetings and telephone calls, passing the information with both US and foreign nationals.  ... The intelligence involved terrorist activities in central Asia, US intelligence and policy regarding Middle Eastern countries and information on al-Qaeda."
  • Nov 6, 2007 Wall Street Journal "Under the circumstances, this is a case that should never have been brought. No fair-minded jury could conclude that Mr. Weissman and Mr. Rosen acted with criminal intent."  Schoenfield commentary
  • Powerline blog "Lobbyists or Spies"...
  • Nov 8, 2007 LA Times    Choke free speech ..."Ellis already has ruled that the government must prove that Rosen and Weissman intended to injure the national interest and that they knew Franklin's conversation was based on classified information he was not legally entitled to discuss with them. ..." file
  • Rosen Weissman Kerik Giuliani
  • Nov 12, 2007 WSJ "Much of the information (passed from Franklin to Rosen, Weissman then to Israel) was about Iran's plans for destabilizing Iraq. Mr. Franklin, who was also indicted, subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Under intense government pressure he has agreed to testify against his friends, the former AIPAC lobbyists.  ...  Espionage Act is so vague the Supreme Court would conclude it unconstitutional should it have the chance to rule.  ...  "
  • Nov 20, 2007 AP "Former Aide Blames Bush for Leak Deceit ...  By MATT APUZZO  ... WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative. ... In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame.  "There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Tuesday. "I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself."  Bush's chief of staff at the time was Andrew Card."
  • Dec 3, 2007  Dear Mr. Attorney General: On December 3, 2007, I wrote you to request documents from the Department of Justice from Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald’s investigation into the leak of the covert identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson. I have not received a response from you to my inquiry. .... Since I wrote you on December 3, Lewis I. “Scooter” Libby has dropped the appeal of his criminal conviction arising from the Fitzgerald investigation. With that action, there remains no further pending litigation associated with the Fitzgerald investigation. .......... I do not regard the existence of an on-going investigation or pending litigation as a sufficient reason to withhold information from Congress. Now that Mr. Fitzgerald’s investigation and Mr. Libby’s appeal have both ended, however, there should be no basis for further delay in responding to the Committee’s request. Thus, I request that you provide the Committee by January 3, 2008, with the documents requested in the Committee’s July 16 letter to Mr. Fitzgerald, including the reports of interviews with President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other White House officials. ........... Last week, you wrote several congressional committees about the investigation into the destruction of the CIA interrogation tapes. You resisted providing information to the committees because of your concern that providing information could undermine the Justice Department’s on-going investigation. In the Plame matter, there is no pending Justice Department investigation and no pending Justice Department litigation. Whatever the merits of the position you are taking in the CIA tapes inquiry, those considerations do not apply here. ............ There remain important questions about the leak of Ms. Wilson’s identity and the White House response that have not been answered by the prosecution and conviction of Mr. Libby and the commutation of his sentence. I urge you to cooperate with Congress’ investigation into these unanswered questions. If you have any questions regarding my request, please contact me personally or ask your staff to contact David Rapallo or Theodore Chuang of the Committee staff at (202) 225-5420. ..... Sincerely, Henry A. Waxman, Chairman
  • Dec 4,  2007 NY Sun   Secrets Case Eyes Jurors' Religion
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  • Washington Report on Middle East Affairs:  Members of the Libby Legal Defense Trust’s Advisory Committee: Ambassador Mel Sembler, chair, real estate and shopping center developer; former ambassador to Italy, Australia and Nauru; member of the board, American Enterprise Institute;  Hon. Spencer Abraham, former secretary of energy and U.S. senator (R-MI);  Lawrence E. Bathgate II, attorney and senior partner at Bathgate, Wegener and Wolf; former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee;  Hon. Wayne Berman, principal of the Federalist Group lobbying firm; former assistant secretary of commerce for policy;  Ambassador Stuart Bernstein, real estate developer; former ambassador to Denmark;  Ambassador Richard Carlson, vice chairman, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; board member, Institute for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence; former director of the Voice of America; former ambassador to the Seychelles;  Lewis M. Eisenberg, finance chairman, Republican National Committee; member of the board, Republican Jewish Coalition; former chairman (1995-2001) of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owner of the World Trade Center; member of Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Authority, which will spearhead the rebuilding of Ground Zero;  Hon. David M. Flaum, real estate developer; member, board of directors, Republican Jewish Coalition; finance committee chairman, U.S. Holocaust Museum Council;  Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, Forbes magazine; former Republican presidential candidate; member of the board, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies;  Sam Fox, chairman, CEO and founder of the business acquisition firm Harbour Group, Ltd.; national chairman, Republican Jewish Coalition; accompanied former House Speaker Tom Delay (D-TX) on his 2003 trip to Israel;  Prof. Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz professor of international political economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University; chairman of the editorial board, The American Interest; author, The End of History and the Last Man;  Sheldon (Shelly) Kamins, real estate developer; member, board of directors, Republican Jewish Coalition; former executive committee member, Finance Committee of George W. Bush for President; former chairman, GOPAC, during the tenure of House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA);  Hon. Jack Kemp, chairman, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; member, board of advisers, Jewish Institute for Security Affairs (JINSA); former vice presidential candidate, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, congressman (R-NY) and NFL quarterback;  Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute; co-founder and director, Empower American; member, JINSA board of advisers; former U.N. ambassador; recipient of 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Award from the prime minister of Israel;  C. Michael Kojaian, real estate developer;  Ambassador Howard Leach, business investor; former U.S. ambassador to France;  Prof. Bernard Lewis, emeritus professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University; author of numerous books, including What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response; father of Michael Lewis, in charge of “opposition research” for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC);  Hon. Frederick V. Malek, founder and chairman of the merchant bank Thayer Capital Partners; former president of Marriott Hotels; former special assistant to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford; director of the 1988 Republican Convention; 1992 campaign manager for President George H.W. Bush; former baseball investment partner with George W. Bush in the Texas Rangers;  Mary Matalin, former assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney;  Phillip Merrill, late publisher of Washingtonian magazine and other publications, born Phillip Merrill Levine; former counselor (1981-83) to undersecretary of defense for policy; former member (1983-90) of Defense Policy Board; former NATO assistant secretary-general (1990-92); former head of Export-Import Bank (2002-2005);  Hon. Bill Paxon, former congressman (R-NY) and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee;  Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief, The New Republic; part-time lecturer at Harvard University, where one of his students was Al Gore, whom Peretz took on his first trip to Israel and has endorsed as the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate;  Ambassador Mercer Reynolds, gas and oil businessman; former ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein; national finance chairman of the Bush/Cheney ‘04 election campaign;  Nina Rosenwald, chairman of the board, Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI); vice president of the Jewish Institute for Near East Policy; member of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA); Ambassador Dennis Ross, counselor and Ziegler distinguished fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an AIPAC spin-off; former special Middle East coordinator under Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton;  Ron Silver, actor, director and producer; board member, U.S. Institute of Peace; founder of One Jerusalem, dedicated to “maintaining a united Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel”; Hon. Alan Simpson, former senator (R-WY); former director of The Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government;  Allan Tessler, chairman and CEO, International Finance Group; lead director and finance committee chairman, The Limited, Inc.;  Hon. Fred Thompson, former senator (R-TN); American Enterprise Institute scholar; member, U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission;  Hon. R. James Woolsey, former CIA director; co-chairman, Committee on the Present Danger; member, JINSA board of advisers;  G. Michael Green, Esq., Trustee, partner in the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP; named one of Washington, DC’s top tax lawyers by Washingtonian magazine